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Sync Call for Wednesday October 26, at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. 8 new publishing partners building sites

2. Poppy Seed Project profile for states

3. Communications Advisory Board set up

4. Memorial Hunters Club preview for 100C / 100M
    and project profile for Ocean Springs American Legion Post 42

5. 3-Minute commission promo video narrated by Gary Sinise

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
October 26, 2016

Update from the States

Shout out to our newest publishing partners!
States that have signed up and are building sites right now include:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Kentucky
  • New York State
  • Wisconsin

West Virginia
Inaugural meeting of the West Virginia World War I Centennial Commission meeting at 10 a.m. on October 26 in Charleston.

Updates: There is so much happening in the next year alone - - a multi-museum Statewide Teacher Symposium, special events marking key WWI 100th and WWII 75 anniversary dates, the Profiles of Honor Tour, grants program, scanning program, and much more!  Commission staff will be hosting an update session for partners on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in House Room C of the General Assembly Building (located at 201 North 9th Street, Richmond, VA, 23219). All are welcome to attend, or if you can't come to Richmond, there is a dial in. Please contact me for those details.

Central Region Kick off Meeting
Friday, Nov. 4 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial
Andrew McGreal will be there on behalf of the Commission.
The central region consists of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.   They are also inviting states in the south that do not yet have a region formed to attend.
Invite you to stay for the  November 4-5. 2016

National WWI Museum and Memorial Annual Symposium
1916: Total War
Questions about the Central Region? Email andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

Poppy Seed Project
We have updated information for your respective States for Implementation of the Interstate/City/Town or Local Area Poppy Planting Project for 2017 & 2018.
Actions need to begin very soon  if you are to implement in the 2017 spring blooming.
If you’re in the Mid Atlantic Region, we have info on:
1.       Recommended # lbs of poppy seeds per acre for area planting.
2.       Most economical amount of seeds per bulk pack(50 lbs/bag, etc).
3.       Seed Wholesalers/Sources purchase for economical shipping costs.
4.       Order window for planting after first frost in early 2017.
5.       Soil prep recommendations for planting areas.
6.       Estimate of cost for the qty in 2. Above.
Otherwise, for 2018, actions need to be completed by 2nd quarter 2017 for 2017 fall plantings for blooming spring 2018.
The poppy planting project gets great visibility of the WW1 Centennial to millions of drivers on the Interstate Highways  and in the main areas of auto traffic in the cities/towns for the effort.
Appropriate signage & Rest Stop printed information is recommended to remind the viewers of the significance of the poppy, of course.  Ideas for public ground-breaking with key officials & ceremonies are also an attention item with publicity.
All of this info will be available on our website under State Outreach Tools

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Our next State Outreach Collaboration Call will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3.   This call will focus on reaching out to veterans organizations in your state- we’ll have representatives from some veterans organization on the line as well as our very own Theresa Sims, who’s in charge of reaching out to veteran orgs for the Commission.
You have register ahead of time - the link is in the chatroom and the will be in the minutes.
Register for the SOCC here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about the SOCC? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

News and Announcements

Communications Advisory Board
Thanks to the direction of Amb. Carl Spielvogel, we now have a Communications Advisory Board in place to help with a PR strategy to insight the national conversation about WWI.  First meeting was yesterday in NYC. Members include:

Mr. Bill Baker
Spent twenty years as chief executive officer of WNET- New York’s public media station and the premiere source of PBS programs nationwide. Over the four decades of his career, Dr. Baker has been a broadcaster, executive, author, sought-after public speaker, academic, and explorer.

Mr. Ralph Applebaum
Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) is a multidisciplinary firm specializing in the planning and design of museums, exhibits, educational environments and visitor attractions.

Mr. Myron Kandel
Financial editor and an anchor for CNN Financial News, the division of the CNN News Group that produces business news for CNN/U.S., CNN International, Headline News, CNN Airport Network, CNN Radio, and the Web site, CNNfn.com. He is the commentator for the “Moneyline News Hour”, CNN’s flagship business news program, and anchors Financial News updates on CNN, CNNfn and CNN International.

Mr. Robert Lenz
Former Chairman, Executive Creative Director of Backer, Spielvogel, Bates

Mr. David Belsky
Director of Marketing & Creative Services at The State University of New York, the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education.

Battlefield 1 game launches
Last week a new WWI  video game called Battlefield 1 was released for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4. The Harlem Hellfighters play a prominent role in the game.

Two great links from Mike Hanlon:
First, the National Museum of  American History features a great story on the bugle the sounded the end of WWI:

Find your ancestors' Great War service records, casualty records and more with the help of these top 10 websites for WWI research:

Which we have added to our:
WW1 Genealogical Research Resources : http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/commemorate/family-ties/genealogical-resources.html
Page on the website

WWICC Social Media- CDTVD
Mr. Chris Isleib
Countdown to Veterans Day 2016
CDTVD OpEd: http://www.eveningsun.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/21/remembering-world-war/92526088/
Placing flags at DC’s WWI Memorial on the Mall on Nov 11

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

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1. Memorial Hunters Club

2. Competition Briefing webinar Video

3. Pershing Square - Ocean Spring MS project profile

4. New resources page

More Upcoming Events:
Check out our website for events!  please Email halsey.hughes@worldwar1centennial.org to add your event
October 27-28, 2016

Ohio State University
"War to End All Wars" at Ohio State this month
The Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centen“The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented on the Ohio State campus on Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. “It’s important on this 100th anniversary to recall the horrors of the war and to revisit how World War One reshaped the world as we know it,” explained Peter Mansoor, the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at OSU.  Read more about the conference here.

We will stream the reception keynote at 5:30-6:45 pm Eastern on the 27th
And the full symposium starting 8:30 am Eastern on the 28th
Go to the registration to get the agenda and details
U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016
October 27 and 28, 2016
on the campus of The Ohio State University
Presented in collaboration with
The United States World War One Centennial Commission

National WWI Museum and Memorial Annual Symposium

1916: Total War
November 4-5. 2016

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park - www.ww1cc.org/memorial

Some recent media coverage:

  • Wall Street Journal article: Conveying Horror and Heroism for War War I Memorial


Short version and a longer version available on that link

The Great War Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar

Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer - www.ww1cc.org/warinthesky

As you know Noted Author and highly decorated combat pilot,  RG Head has contributed and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.

You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
This week’s episode about the airplanes used will be presented by Theo Mayer, our Chief technologist.

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster www.greatwarproject.org/

Join us again next week! Register here.

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